Nenga-jo, or New Year’s cards, are greeting cards sent to business customers, coworker, relatives, friends, and others. Many people include a kind of lottery ticket in their nenga-jo, along with thanks for efforts and help and wishes for happy year ahead.
One problem with conventional nenga-jo postcards is that they are expected to arrive on January 1st. This means the senders are required to write numerous cards during busy year-end days. Many cards nowadays, therefore, include preprinted messages and address. Also, more people now exchange e-mails with greetings and photos or other images. It is for this reason that the new expression nenga-mail has come into use.
While conventional postcards production has been decreasing, numerous nenga-mail messages are now sent immediately following the New Year countdown. This has placed great burdens on e-mail servers and created other concerns. To combat such problems, many carriers now ask subscribers not to send emails shortly after the end of the year.
Updated: November 25, 2019